Carnival of the Commons: A roundup of new images

Posted by zyrcster in Carnival of The Commons

If it’s Friday, it must be Carnival of the Commons day! Take a gander at recent uploads:

Astronomy!
Talk about a convergence of Flickr phenomena. The Powerhouse Musuem participates in the astrometry.net Flickr project. Astrometry will provide astrometric calibration meta-data, plus lists of known objects falling inside the field of view, for any astral photos uploaded to their Flickr group. The Powerhouse is a contributor (check out the photos in this set to see what the project tells us about them! Read what those Flickr code monkeys have to say, too. And, yea, the Royal Observatory Greenwich (part of the National Maritime Museum) is in that Flickr group, too.

Powerhouse Museum
Matt Held Studio
This set of photos from the Brooklyn Museum showcases artist Matt Held, of I’ll have my Facebook portrait painted by Matt Held fame. In fact, I have a request in to Held to have my portrait done. Matt is coming to speak to 1stfans at the March meetup.

Brooklyn Museum
Pop Quiz! Can you spot a fake?
Check out the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibit, Unearthing the Truth: Egypt’s Pagan and Coptic Sculpture, running February 13–May 10, 2009. But first, take a pop quiz: Can you spot the fake?

Brooklyn Museum
Phillips Glass Plate Negatives Collection
The Powerhouse Museum added 10 photos to its glass plate collection. Read more about one of them, Three Men Playing Cards in an Alcove, at the museum’s blog.

Powerhouse Museum
Oude beroepen / Old fashioned professions
A fantastic series of images that portray historic professions in Europe, including lamplighters, town criers, men delivering ice, and the, errrr, faeces-collector. Oh my. Courtesy of the Nationaal Archief.

Nationaal Archief
From many lands — multicultural Queensland
Afghan camel drivers, Chinese fruit sellers, Japanese pearl divers, and children dressed in Greek traditional costumes  — the State Library of Queensland, Australia covers the world.

State Library of Queensland, Australia
Cup Cake Art — A New Birth of Freedom
The Smithsonian Institution had a clever installation earlier this week: Presidential Cup Cakes, by Zilly Rosen. We covered that here, but check out the SI’s blog post on it as well.

Smithsonian Institution
Edifícios industriais
The Biblioteca de Arte–Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian added a few photos of the Abel Pereira da Fonseca, Ldª, in Lisboa, Portugal, to its Edifícios industriais set — wine! A virtual historic winery tour, if you will. BYOB.

Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
News in the 1910s
Every month, the Library of Congress uploads 50 photos to Flickr from the George Grantham Bain Collection of 1910s photographs. The latest upload features some fascinating characters, such as Dr. Lyman Abbott. Abbott was a social reform advocate. He was also a Christian Evolutionist.
[ed note - corrected to say that 50 new photos each week, not month, are added to this collection]

Library of Congress

And don’t forget our newest institutions to the Commons, with photos recently uploaded and waiting for your perusal.

Gerald W. Williams Collection: Civilian Conservation Corps
From the Oregon State University Archives, a set of photographs from the New Deal era’s Civilian Conservation Corps in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout its nine-year existence, the program put millions to work on federal and state land for the ‘prevention of forest fires, floods, and soil erosion, plant, pest, and disease control.’ Nationwide, enrollees planted three billion trees and came to be known as the Tree Army.

Oregon State University Archives
Seminole Missionary Harriet Bedell
These images reflect the lives of Florida’s Seminole Indians and the missionary activities of Deaconess Harriet Bedell among them. From the State Archives of Florida.

State Archives of Florida

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2 Responses to “Carnival of the Commons: A roundup of new images”

  1. Michelle Springer Says:

    Hi,
    Correction to the News in the 1910s blurb– the Library of Congress loads 50 new Bain photos every week, not every month.

  2. zyrcster Says:

    Hi Michelle — thanks for that correction, I will update the posting! That’s quite a considerable collection, then.

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